We at Power Athlete toss the term 'limiting factor' around a lot; especially in articles regarding mobility, warm ups, and especially, performance. A limiting factor is something that affects growth, development, or performance for an athlete, and can range from physical, mental and even emotional limitations.
At the CrossFit Football Coach’s Seminar, we introduce an array of diagnostic tools that help attendee’s feel and identify their own limiting factors. The assessments most often struggled with are those that take them out of their sagittal plane comfort zone, and through the transverse and frontal planes. Moving their hips through these seemingly ‘new’ planes of motion with no resistance is more challenging than the ‘Blaster’ test day 1 of the seminar.Ignoring limiting factors leads to imbalances, and imbalances lead to injuries. Far too many of the injuries I’ve witness in my lacrosse and coaching career are to the ankle or hip, especially the groin. Two pieces critical for moving seamless and effortlessly through space.
The hip is one of the most mobile joints in the body. But, unlike the shoulder, it is very stable as a result of the bone structure and amount of musculature surrounding the joint. These muscles provide dynamic stability to joints when actively contract. Without this active tension, via contraction, muscles provide minimal stability.
Without realizing it, many strength coaches overload and overuse movements through the sagittal plane. As a result, exercise imbalances have arisen for not only their field sport athletes, but also gen-pop clients. When these athletes are faced with a task that requires the hip to move through an unfamiliar plane of movement, bad things can happen.
The freedom of action of the hip joints extends so much farther than mobility and stability gained in the squat and olympic lifts! Whether preparing a field sport athlete for competition or improving a gen-pop client’s major lifts, preparing and strengthening the stabilizers of the hips through each plane of motion will improve performance.
Using the 4-Way Physio-Board as a tool, we will provide key movements to prepare for movement through all planes, attack limiting factors and imbalances, and assist in kinetic realignment of the athletic position.
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Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University football, Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.
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